The world’s first solar powered, emission-free hydrogen station is being built in Mariestad
The world’s first solar powered, emission-free hydrogen station is being built in Mariestad
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, December 06, 2017

Mariestad is an international model area for sustainable social development. Now, the municipality, the local energy company VänerEnergi and Nilsson Energy plan to build an innovative energy system for solar-powered local hydrogen production to the already established gas station next to the E20.

The investment ensures that the hydrogen produced in Mariestad is completely renewable and emission free. All solar radiation over the future solar cell park will also be able to be long-term stored in hydrogen to be used when the sun is not illuminated by rebuilding electricity and heat via fuel cell technology.

On November 23, it became clear that Nilsson Energy won the contract to build an independent hydrogen production plant connected to the existing hydrogen gas station in Mariestad municipality. The parties met in the town hall in Mariestad on December 6th to sign the agreement and told about the revolutionary energy system.

Nilsson Energy has been commissioned to build an off-grid energy system solution, including hydrogen production for continuous refueling of the hydrogen gas station, built next to the E20 in Mariestad. The mission also includes building a solar cell park, whose solar energy constitutes the fuel for the system. Through the investment, it is ensured that the hydrogen produced is completely renewable and emission free. At the head of Nilsson Energy is Hans-Olof Nilsson, renowned energy pioneer, with passion for renewable off-grid energy systems. Together with his colleagues Pontus Lundgren and Martina Wettin, Hans-Olof Nilsson expresses his joy of delivering the world-wide energy system in Mariestad.

Nilsson Energy is the supplier of complete energy systems that are easy for the customer to use.

"We have the "recipe" for harvesting solar and wind energy, adding water and building completely self-sufficient energy system solutions for all types of energy consumers. As in Mariestad's case, it can be about mobility, but we are equally happy to provide housing, business and / or industrial environments. Being the first in the world with a hydrogen tank that is thought of by the sun feels of course fun and important. The fact that it is a municipality and the local energy company VänerEnergi, who shows the way and dares to invest, is also exciting", says Hans-Olof Nilsson, founder and partner in Nilsson Energy.

Nilsson Energy, now in close cooperation with its component suppliers, is investing in a rapid expansion of its stationary and modular energy system solutions - RE8760.

"There will be more exciting projects in the near future, both in Sweden and abroad. Establishing and exporting emission-free and easy-to-use system solutions, which can also recycle water for the markets with water shortages, is all fun. Nilsson Energy, together with its subcontractors and partners, is hopefully also a strong export product in line with Mariestad's desire for new industrialization, "says Hans-Olof.

Stored energy provides multiple uses
The energy system now being built enables Mariestad to produce locally and long-term solar energy as hydrogen. 100 percent renewable. The hydrogen should be used primarily for the refueling of hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

"Hydrogen is an excellent medium for long-term storage of energy. It is both economical and safe. Excess hydrogen can also produce electricity and feed online, such as a power reserve if the need arises. In event of a crisis, we can also lean against a stored hydrogen reserve, explains Harald Bouma, Project Coordinator, VänerEnergi AB.

Sweden's first off-grid preschools
Solcellsparken and the energy system at the hydrogen gas station will be in place until late autumn 2018. At the same time, a planning work has been started to build two preschools with innovative energy solutions. The starting point is that the buildings should be self-sufficient, or in any case largely self-sufficient, on electricity via solar cells. Surplus energy from the solar cells may be stored in the form of hydrogen, which can be converted into electricity when needed by fuel cells